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West Ham fans stand up for Declan Rice after receiving England criticism

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice – who is valued at £45m by Transfermarkt – has once again been criticised for his performance in an England shirt, this time following a 4-0 win over Kosovo.

Roy Keane’s condemnation of him before the game had even started was among the most scathing, as he said on ITV: “What he needs to improve, where do you want me to start? His positional play, I don’t think he’s been consistent enough, he doesn’t stay with runners, he’s sloppy in possession, I could go on.”

This is the type of attitude that has been mirrored by plenty of England fans, however, ExWHUEmployee has given a contrasting opinion.

There were also many West Ham fans who joined the club insider in defending the 20-year-old, who has represented the Hammers 12 times this campaign.

Looking at his performance in England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier, it has to be said that some of Keane’s comments can be proven wrong, as a pass completion rate of 98% doesn’t point to a player who is sloppy on the ball.

He also made 1 tackle, 1 clearance and blocked 1 shot during the game, helping the Three Lions to a clean sheet.

Is Declan Rice critiqued too harshly?





A selection of Twitter reaction to the performance, including posts from defensive West Ham fans, can be seen below:

Article title: West Ham fans stand up for Declan Rice after receiving England criticism

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